3 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Rayat Bahra Dental College & Hospital, Mohali, Punjab, India
4 Department of Prosthodontics, Dr. Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Sector 25, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
5 Department of Conservative and Endodontics, Rayat Bahra Dental College & Hospital, Mohali, Punjab, India
To determine the severity and distribution of occlusal tooth wear among young North Indian adults and to evaluate the correlation of occlusal tooth wear with bite force.
Materials and Methods:
A total of 164 subjects were enrolled in the present study. Inclusion criteria included subjects with age range of 25-40 years having a full complement of natural dentition (excluding third molars), with no history of orthodontic treatment, FPD and trauma. Maxillary and mandibular casts of each subject were taken. Tooth wear score of anterior and posterior teeth of both the arches was calculated using a five-point (0 to 4) ordinal scoring system. The calculated tooth wear scores were then compared with data concerning age, sex, number of daily meals, vegetarian/non-vegetarian diet, Group function/Canine guided occlusion and bite force. Nonparametric (Mann-Whitney) test was used to determine the relationship between various factors and occlusal tooth wear. Spearman’s correlation coefficient was used to determine the correlation between tooth wear and bite force.
After applying statistical analysis to the data collected, total tooth wear score of the whole sample was 30.07 ± 6.39. Anterior teeth had significantly higher wear score than posteriors (P < 0.01). Males showed significantly higher (P < 0.001) tooth wear in both arches factors such as bite force and age showed significant correlation with tooth wear (P=0.000), however, the number of meals taken per day did not show any significant correlation. Higher tooth wear loss was seen in non vegetarian dietary pattern but it was statistically insignificant. It was also found that Group function occlusion showed significantly higher mean tooth wear loss 45.76 ± 9.19 as compared to Canine guided occlusion 26.37 ± 10.68 (P=0.000).
Keywords: Bite force, Occlusal tooth wear, Young adults, Anterior teeth, Nonparametric test, Maxillary and mandibular casts.
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Occlusal wear results from the loss of substance on opposing occlusal units or surfaces as a result of attrition or abrasion. Attrition is defined as the mechanical wear resulting from mastication or parafunction, limited to contacting surfaces of the teeth whereas, abrasion is the wearing away of a substance or structure through some unusual or abnormal mechanical process or by causes other than mastication [1The glossary of prosthodontic terms. J Prosthet Dent 2005; 94(1): 10-92.[http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.prosdent.2005.03.013] [PMID: 16080238] ]. Physiologically, attrition or wear of the occlusal surface of teeth may not be normal, but is also necessary for function [2Berry DC, Poole DFG. Attrition: Possible mechanisms of compensation. J Oral Rehabil 1976; 3(3): 201-6.[http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2842.1976.tb00945.x] [PMID: 1068232] ]. Abrasion, erosion can also attribute to loss of tooth surface, but occlusal wear loss occurs at an ultrastructural level and is a physiological process. Many factors such as diet, clenching, bruxism and bite force are also associated with attrition [3Litonjua LA, Andreana S, Bush PJ, Cohen RE. Tooth wear: Attrition, erosion, and abrasion. Quintessence Int 2003; 34(6): 435-46.[PMID: 12859088] ]. Attrition is clinically manifested as small polished facets on the cusp or incisal edge or on the ridge to slight flattening or more over to the exposed dentine surface attrition [4Hattab FN, Yassin OM. Etiology and diagnosis of tooth wear: A literature review and presentation of selected cases. Int J Prosthodont 2000; 13(2): 101-7.[PMID: 11203616] ].
Tooth wear (attrition, erosion and abrasion) is perceived internationally as a growing problem. For the comparison, diagnosis & classification of loss of dental hard tissues, many clinical and epidemiological studies have been developed [5López-Frías FJ, Castellanos-Cosano L, Martín-González J, Llamas-Carreras JM, Segura-Egea JJ. Clinical measurement of tooth wear: Tooth wear indices. J Clin Exp Dent 2012; 4(1): e48-53.[http://dx.doi.org/10.4317/jced.50592] [PMID: 24558525] ]. Confusion has further generated in the literature, as the majority of researchers, in their attempts to quantify the amount of tooth tissue loss due to tooth wear, have historically concentrated on one etiology only, and these indices tend to be surface limited [6Lee A, He LH, Lyons K, Swain MV. Tooth wear and wear investigations in dentistry. J Oral Rehabil 2012; 39(3): 217-25.[http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2842.2011.02257.x] [PMID: 21923888] ]. Often, the wear patterns described do not appear to reflect the etiology suggested, and this relates to lack of uniformity with tooth wear terminology and translation errors. Many diagnostic indices do not properly reflect the morphological defects, and there is little international standardization. All of these factors complicate the comparison of data and evaluation of the efficacy of preventive and therapeutic measures [7Bardsley PF. The evolution of tooth wear indices. Clin Oral Investig 2008; 12(Suppl. 1): S15-9.[http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00784-007-0184-2] [PMID: 18228055] , 8Donachie MA, Walls AW. The tooth wear index: A flawed epidemiological tool in an ageing population group. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 1996; 24(2): 152-8.[http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0528.1996.tb00833.x] [PMID: 8654038] ]. The limitation of tooth wear surveys is the definition of the condition and parameter of measure. Loss of hard tissues of tooth irrespective of the surface causes one or more complications, but occlusal surface loss commands our attention for many reasons like effect on TMJ, masticatory efficiency; in extreme cases with loss of occlusal enamel, attrition can progress to dentine which has inferior resistance than enamel. In continuation to this, the pulpal involvement may become the associated problem [9Pintado MR, Anderson GC, DeLong R, Douglas WH. Variation in tooth wear in young adults over a two-year period. J Prosthet Dent 1997; 77(3): 313-20.[http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0022-3913(97)70189-6] [PMID: 9069087] ].
2. MATERIALS AND METHODS
The present study was conducted on 164 subjects, irrespective of sex (99 males and 65 females), attending the OPD of different private clinics of North India. Inclusion criteria included subjects with age range of 20-40 years (with mean age 30.07 ± 6.390), having a full complement of natural dentition (excluding the third molar), with no history of orthodontic treatment, FPD and trauma. A detailed undersigned performa of the present study was introduced to all subjects enrolled in the study.
The sample size was estimated based on the pilot study done on 20 subjects. Estimating the prevalence to be 93% with 5% error and 95% confidence interval the sample size was determined. Both maxillary and mandibular anterior and posterior teeth were assessed clinically, using a five-point (0 to 4) ordinal scoring system (Table 1) in which each tooth was given a score describing the severity of tooth wear [10Smith BG, Knight JK. An index for measuring the wear of teeth. Br Dent J 1984; 156(12): 435-8.[http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.4805394] [PMID: 6590081] ]. Intraexaminer reliability was also determined and its Cronbach alpha (α) was found to be 0.83. Intraoral photographs of occlusal surfaces of both the arches; and maxillary and mandibular casts (Kalabhai Type III Dental stone) were also taken for each subject, to assist in the evaluation of the occlusal tooth wear.
Table 1 Ordinal scoring system.
For measuring bite force, Bitometer (Tekscan, Flexiforce Sensors and ELF Data Acquisition System, USA, as shown in Fig. (1) was used. Maximum bite force measurements on the Flexiforce sensors in molar area were recorded (Fig. 2). Three readings were taken and the highest value was selected. For eccentric relation evaluation, all subjects were guided for right and left movement of the mandible. Intraoral pictures were taken for all subjects to evaluate between canine guided or group function occlusion. A detailed questionnaire was produced for all subjects for evaluation of the total number of meals per day and for vegetarian/ nonvegetarian diet.
Bitometer in patient’s mouth.
Elf force acquisition system with flexiforce sensors and USB attachment.
The tooth wear scores were compared with data concerning age, sex, bite force, Group function/Canine guided occlusion, number of daily meals, vegetarian/non-vegetarian diet, to determine specific correlates of tooth wear.
Nonparametric (Mann-Whitney) test was used to determine the relationship between various factors and occlusal tooth wear and Spearman’s correlation coefficient was used to determine the correlation between tooth wear and bite force.
Total tooth wear of the whole sample was 30.07 ± 6.39. Mean total tooth wear score for anteriors and posteriors was 18.77 ± 6.58 and 15.48 ± 8.09 respectively, which showed the anteriors had significantly higher wear score than the posteriors (P < 0.01) ( Table 2).
Table 2 Mean values for tooth wear of anterior and posteriors and their comparison.
Comparing maxillary and mandibular arches individually (Table 3), it was found that in mandibular arch, the anteriors had shown significantly higher tooth wear than posteriors, with a mean value of 12.74 ± 4.20 and 7.44 ± 3.99 respectively (P < 0.001). But, in maxillary arch, posterior teeth had shown significantly higher tooth wear than the anteriors, with a mean value of 8.04 ± 4.23 and 6.03 ± 3.50 respectively (P<0.001). Comparing the anteriors and the posteriors collectively of both the arches, it was found that mandibular the anteriors had shown more attrition than maxillary the anteriors whereas maxillary posteriors had shown more attrition than mandibular posteriors (P<0.001).The correlation coefficient of tooth wear in all quadrants is mentioned in the Table 4 which showed that tooth wear score had a significant correlation in all the quadrants (P=0.000).
Table 3 Mean values for tooth wear score for maxillary and mandibular anteriors and posteriors and their comparison.
Table 4 Correlation coefficient of anteriors and posteriors of maxillary and mandibular arch with tooth wear score.
The mean values of tooth wear score for both the sexes are mentioned in Table 5. Males showed significantly higher tooth wear in both arches (both in the anteriors and the posteriors) with P< 0.001, except in maxillary anteriors. On comparing bite force for both males and females (Table 6), it was found that mean bite force of males was significantly greater than females, with a mean value of 617.03 ± 42.98 and 507.98 ± 45.95 respectively (P < 0.001).
Table 5 Mean tooth wear score of males and females and their comparison.
Table 6 Mean bite force score of males and females and their comparison.
The correlation coefficient of tooth wear score with bite force, age and meals per day is mentioned in Table 7. Bite force and age showed significant correlation with tooth wear (P=0.000), whereas the number of meals taken per day did not show any significant correlation. Mean values of tooth wear for vegetarians and non-vegetarians were found to be 32.76 ± 13.75 and 35.12 ± 13.95 respectively, which showed higher tooth wear loss in non-vegetarian dietary pattern (Table 8). On comparing tooth wear for both the occlusal schemes (Table 8), it was found that group function occlusal scheme showed higher mean tooth wear loss 45.76 ± 9.19 as compared to canine guided occlusal scheme 26.37 ± 10.68 (P=0.000).
Table 7 Correlation coefficient of tooth wear score with bite force, meals per day and age.
Table 8 Comparison of mean tooth wear score between vegetarian and non vegetarian and between Canine guided and Group function occlusion.
Physiologically, occlusal surface loss is compensated by passive eruption of teeth. Therefore, the decrease in occlusal vertical dimension or increase in freeway space is not always a result of occlusal tooth wear. The estimated normal occlusal enamel loss from natural wear is about 65µm/year [4Hattab FN, Yassin OM. Etiology and diagnosis of tooth wear: A literature review and presentation of selected cases. Int J Prosthodont 2000; 13(2): 101-7.[PMID: 11203616] ]. Pintado et al., in his 2 years follow up study, found that 10.7 microns of occlusal surface loss occurred only in the first year of his study [9Pintado MR, Anderson GC, DeLong R, Douglas WH. Variation in tooth wear in young adults over a two-year period. J Prosthet Dent 1997; 77(3): 313-20.[http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0022-3913(97)70189-6] [PMID: 9069087] ]. Patient’s adaptive ability to change in vertical dimension in dentate condition is highly considerable. Developmental defects in enamel and dentin formation such as Amelogenesis Imperfecta and Dentinogenesis Imperfecta should be differentiated from regressive changes in the dental hard tissue caused by attrition. Measurement of the amount of tooth wear is essential and plays important role in maintaining the integrity of the stomatognathic system and to know at what stage of tooth wear, one should start the restorative treatment of worn dentition [10Smith BG, Knight JK. An index for measuring the wear of teeth. Br Dent J 1984; 156(12): 435-8.[http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.4805394] [PMID: 6590081] ]. As advanced attrition will have an adverse effect on normal balance and function of the masticatory system, TMJ and vertical facial dimensions, therefore, occlusal rehabilitation is mandatory in such cases [11Smith BGN, Bartlett DW, Robb ND. The prevalence, etiology and management of tooth wear in the United Kingdom. J Prosthet Dent 1997; 78(4): 367-72.[http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0022-3913(97)70043-X] [PMID: 9338867] ].
In the present study, occlusal tooth wear was measured by using modified criteria. The average tooth wear score of total sample was found to be 30.07 ± 6.39. It had also been found that anterior teeth had shown significant attrition than posterior teeth (p<0.01), which correspond with the findings of Hooper SM et al., Hugoson A et al., Johansson et al., [12Hooper SM, Meredith N, Jagger DC. The development of a new index for measurement of incisal/occlusal tooth wear. J Oral Rehabil 2004; 31(3): 206-12.[http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.0305-182X.2003.01232.x] [PMID: 15025652] -14Johansson A, Haraldson T, Omar R, Kiliaridis S, Carlsson GE. A system for assessing the severity and progression of occlusal tooth wear. J Oral Rehabil 1993; 20(2): 125-31.[http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2842.1993.tb01596.x] [PMID: 8468624] ]. Mandibular anterior teeth showed maximum tooth wear followed by maxillary posterior teeth, mandibular posteriors, maxillary anteriors. Canines had shown highest attrition, which can be well supported by the study by Pigno that due to increased force that is exerted on canines during biting and lateral jaw movements in individuals with increased bite force and a canine guidance occlusion [14Johansson A, Haraldson T, Omar R, Kiliaridis S, Carlsson GE. A system for assessing the severity and progression of occlusal tooth wear. J Oral Rehabil 1993; 20(2): 125-31.[http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2842.1993.tb01596.x] [PMID: 8468624] , 15Pigno MA, Hatch JP, Rodrigues-Garcia RC, Sakai S, Rugh JD. Severity, distribution, and correlates of occlusal tooth wear in a sample of Mexican-American and European-American adults. Int J Prosthodont 2001; 14(1): 65-70.[PMID: 11842908] ].
Many factors contribute to the attrition e.g. bite force, age, sex, occlusal scheme, psychosocial status, dietary pattern. Bite force is described as the force applied by the masticatory muscles to produce strain on the mandibular teeth against maxillary teeth [16Calderon Pdos S, Kogawa EM, Lauris JR, Conti PC. The influence of gender and bruxism on the human maximum bite force. J Appl Oral Sci 2006; 14(6): 448-53.[http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1678-77572006000600011] [PMID: 19089246] ]. Literature review supported by many studies showed that males present higher maximum bite force due to higher muscle strength [17Sathyanarayana HP, Premkumar S. Assessment of maximum voluntary bite force in children and adults with normal occlusion. Int J Pharm Sci and Health Care 2012; 1(2): 64-70.]. In the present study, mean maximum bite force for men was calculated as 606.8N ± 45.5 and for females, it was 486.2N ± 41.7, which corresponds to that reported by Singh who reported 650.47 and 543N in males and females respectively [18Singh S, Utreja AK, Sandhu N, Dhaliwal YS. An innovative miniature bite force recorder. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2011; 4(2): 113-8.[http://dx.doi.org/10.5005/jp-journals-10005-1093] [PMID: 27672249] ]. A positive correlation between the masseter muscle thickness and the bite force was found by Bakke et al., and Raadsheer et al., [19Bakke M, Tuxen A, Vilmann P, Jensen BR, Vilmann A, Toft M. Ultrasound image of human masseter muscle related to bite force, electromyography, facial morphology, and occlusal factors. Scand J Dent Res 1992; 100(3): 164-71.[PMID: 1631486] , 20Raadsheer MC, van Eijden TM, van Ginkel FC, Prahl-Andersen B. Contribution of jaw muscle size and craniofacial morphology to human bite force magnitude. J Dent Res 1999; 78(1): 31-42.[http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/00220345990780010301] [PMID: 10065943] ]. The literature regarding the relationship between bite force and tooth wear is inconclusive, as being studied by many authors [15Pigno MA, Hatch JP, Rodrigues-Garcia RC, Sakai S, Rugh JD. Severity, distribution, and correlates of occlusal tooth wear in a sample of Mexican-American and European-American adults. Int J Prosthodont 2001; 14(1): 65-70.[PMID: 11842908] , 21Dahl BL, Fløystrand F, Karlsen K. Pathologic attrition and maximal bite force. J Oral Rehabil 1985; 12(4): 337-42.[http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2842.1985.tb01288.x] [PMID: 3862795] ] ,while Johansson [22Johansson A. A cross-cultural study of occlusal tooth wear. Swed Dent J Suppl 1992; 86(Suppl.): 1-59.[PMID: 1492306] ] demonstrated a significant correlation between submaximal bite force and tooth wear. In the present study, a significant difference was found between males and females, with males having higher tooth wear and bite force (P < 0.001), this foregoing contention is supported by additional finding of Hugoson [13Hugoson A, Bergendal T, Ekfeldt A, Helkimo M. Prevalence and severity of incisal and occlusal tooth wear in an adult Swedish population. Acta Odontol Scand 1988; 46(5): 255-65.[http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/00016358809004775] [PMID: 3264985] ] Johansson [22Johansson A. A cross-cultural study of occlusal tooth wear. Swed Dent J Suppl 1992; 86(Suppl.): 1-59.[PMID: 1492306] ] who in their studies found some evidence of gender effect on dental attrition, with greater attrition reported in males than in females.
In the present study, Tooth wear had also shown a significant correlation (r = 0.333, P=0.000) with age. Pollman et al., also found that elderly people showed significant tooth wear than younger ones [23Pöllmann L, Berger F, Pöllmann S. Age and dental abrasion. Gerodontics 1987; 3(2): 94-6.[PMID: 3472988] ]. Spijker found in his prospective study that with advancement in the age the tooth wear increases from 3% (at 20 years of age) to 17% (at 70 years of age) [24Van’t Spijker A, Rodriguez JM, Kreulen CM, Bronkhorst EM, Bartlett DW, Creugers NH. Prevalence of tooth wear in adults. Int J Prosthodont 2009; 22(1): 35-42.[PMID: 19260425] ]. However, a number of younger subjects showed significant attrition, which resulted from other factors that contribute to the extent of occlusal tooth wear.
Significant tooth wear was found in subjects with group function as compared to canine guided occlusion (P = 0.000) [25Johansson A, Haraldson T, Omar R, Kiliaridis S, Carlsson GE. An investigation of some factors associated with occlusal tooth wear in a selected high-wear sample. Scand J Dent Res 1993; 101(6): 407-15.[PMID: 8290885] ]. Regarding dietary pattern, no significant correlation was found between tooth wear and vegetarians/ nonvegetarians. Meals per day also showed no significant correlation with occlusal tooth wear. This may be attributed to the changes in the dietary habits and pattern [26Eccles JD, Jenkins WG. Dental erosion and diet. J Dent 1974; 2(4): 153-9.[http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0300-5712(74)90044-X] [PMID: 4531443] ].
The major drawback of our study is the criteria used for assessment of tooth wear is subjective based on individual perception. More recent studies can be done including the quantitative measurement of tooth wear score.
Factors which found to be associated with occlusal tooth wear were age, sex, bite force, Group function or canine guided occlusal scheme, however dietary pattern as well as the number of meals per day did not show any correlation.males showed significantly greater tooth wear than females. We found that tooth wear had a significant correlation with age. Group function had shown significant occlusal tooth wear than canine guided occlusion.
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Pigno MA, Hatch JP, Rodrigues-Garcia RC, Sakai S, Rugh JD. Severity, distribution, and correlates of occlusal tooth wear in a sample of Mexican-American and European-American adults. Int J Prosthodont 2001; 14(1): 65-70.[PMID: 11842908]
Bakke M, Tuxen A, Vilmann P, Jensen BR, Vilmann A, Toft M. Ultrasound image of human masseter muscle related to bite force, electromyography, facial morphology, and occlusal factors. Scand J Dent Res 1992; 100(3): 164-71.[PMID: 1631486]
Johansson A. A cross-cultural study of occlusal tooth wear. Swed Dent J Suppl 1992; 86(Suppl.): 1-59.[PMID: 1492306]
Pöllmann L, Berger F, Pöllmann S. Age and dental abrasion. Gerodontics 1987; 3(2): 94-6.[PMID: 3472988]
Van’t Spijker A, Rodriguez JM, Kreulen CM, Bronkhorst EM, Bartlett DW, Creugers NH. Prevalence of tooth wear in adults. Int J Prosthodont 2009; 22(1): 35-42.[PMID: 19260425]
Johansson A, Haraldson T, Omar R, Kiliaridis S, Carlsson GE. An investigation of some factors associated with occlusal tooth wear in a selected high-wear sample. Scand J Dent Res 1993; 101(6): 407-15.[PMID: 8290885]